Chandler Smith – No. 18 Safelite Tundra TRD Pro Camping World Trucks Kansas Preview

  • Chandler Smith and the No. 18 Safelite team head to Kansas Speedway for the final race in the Round of 10 having already punched their ticket to the Round of 8 via Smith’s win at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. Smith dominated the middle race of the Round of 10, leading 176 of the final 177 laps picking up the Stage 2 win and the victory and adding six playoff points that will carry over to the Round of 8. The victory was Smith’s third of 2022 and the fifth of his career. Beginning with his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Bristol last September, he had produced five wins, 11 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes across his last 23 starts.

  • The Toyota Racing Development product has produced three wins in 2022: the second race of the season at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the regular season finale at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and the series last stop at Richmond. Across 18 Truck Series starts this season Smith has recorded eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. He ranks first among Truck Series regulars in average running position (8.676), laps completed (2469) and quality passes (575), second in average finish (8.8), laps led (334) and fastest laps run (180), and third in driver rating (103.2).

  • The 20-year-old driver has three prior Truck Series starts at Kansas Speedway with a best result of fourth coming earlier this season. He finished fifth in October of 2020 and 11th in May of 2021, totaling an average finish of 6.7 across his three starts. Smith has an average finish of 5.0 across five starts on mile-and-a-half tracks in the Truck Series in 2022 and has finished inside the top 10 in all five.

  • the no. 18 team will unload KBM-75 for Friday night’s race at Kansas, which is the same truck that Smith dominated with at Pocono Raceway in July in its first career start.

  • Smith made the playoffs last year in his first full-time campaign as the 10th seed. He advanced to the Round of 8 with a must-win victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in the final race in the Round of 10. He found himself in another must-win situation in the final race in the Round of 8 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and saw his playoff run end when he finished fourth. As a consolation prize, he won the pole and swept all three stages in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.
  • The Georgia driver earned NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2021 after producing two victories, one pole, 213 laps led, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in his first full-time season. He earned his first career Truck Series victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in September of 2021. Across 56 career Truck Series starts, the Toyota Racing Development driver had recorded five wins, one pole, 640 laps led, 22 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.0.

  • Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman will once again call the shots for Smith and the No. 18 team in 2022. Stockman’s drivers have produced eight victories at KBM since he joined the organization in 2020, including four with Smith behind the wheel. The veteran crew chief captured a Truck Series championship with Austin Dillon in 2011 and also won an Xfinity Series championship with Dillon in 2013. Stockman’s drivers have produced two top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.6 across seven Truck Series starts at Kansas. His best result was a fourth-place finish earlier this season with Smith. In Xfinity Series action, his drivers have complied three poles, three top-five and four top-five finishes, including runner-up finishes with Austin Dillon (2012) and Daniel Hemric (2018).

  • Safelite, the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration services, returned to KBM for a fifth season and will be the primary sponsor on Smith’s Tundra TRD Pro Tundra for 16 races this year, including Friday’s race at Kansas. Charge Me will serve as an associate sponsor on the bedtop of Smith’s No. 18 Tundra TRD Pro this weekend. Charge Me was founded on the principle that the electric vehicle (EV) revolution will require robust infrastructure support at all levels.


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